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Stories about War & Conflict

6 December 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 5: This Farce Called a Homeland

The Bridge

"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”

5 December 2016

A Decades-Long ‘Conversation’ Between Yugoslav and Polish Rockers

Rock music available online shows how a peculiar bridge, bringing the people of former Yugoslavia and Poland closer together, developed over the last four decades.

28 November 2016

Myanmar’s Refugee Returnees Struggle to Build New Lives

“We returned from a refugee camp. We didn’t come back bringing heaps of money. How are we supposed to pay 3 million kyats [US$2,200]?”

27 November 2016

In Afghanistan, Women's Rights Still Struggle to Take Root

"Being delivered into this world by someone brain-defected, the deputy to the Kabul clerical council must himself be without a brain."

25 November 2016

In Iran, the Kurdish Struggle Remains in the Shadows

The Bridge

The Kurdish struggle remains one of the most compelling storylines of the Middle East. The Kurds of Iran are active, but often ignored by the international community.

23 November 2016

How My Father Recorded 100 Days of Curfew In Kashmir

The Bridge

"According to Google Maps, my father has his free movement restricted to 990 metres, 10 metres less than a kilometre."

Sleeping or Dead – Part 4: “We Declared It a Revolution For Freedom”

The Bridge

"For them our triumphant chants for freedom have been a sort of rape, and now is their chance for revenge."

17 November 2016

The Uphill Battle of Protecting Syrian Antiquities Amidst War

"In every military faction, including the regime’s army, you find a group involved in facilitating excavations and smuggling operations."

Sleeping or Dead – Part 3: Thought is the Crime

The Bridge

"Even if they don’t torture you, the mere act of waiting does. Have they forgotten us? Are we going to stay in here forever? Why haven’t they called us today?"

14 November 2016

She Misses Being a Guerrilla, but This Former FARC Fighter Is Starting a New Life Back Home

Xiomara picked up a gun and joined the FARC at age 14. Like thousands of other women, she is now figuring out how to leave that life behind.

12 November 2016

Braving Crackdowns by India, These Young Kashmiri Volunteers Keep Neighbourhoods Safe

In the past three months, the Jammu and Kashmir police and the Reserve Police have arrested around 7,000 people in the Kashmir Valley often at the dead of the night.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 2: “Aghiad's Blue Jacket”

The Bridge

"He pulls the chain till we are hanging by our hands, toes barely touching the ground. You’re mid-way between sky and earth, presented as a sacrifice of blood."

10 November 2016

Possible Trump Cabinet Members’ Links to the MEK Cult Could Spell Trouble for Iran

The Bridge

A Donald Trump presidency and the closeness of some of the president-elect's key allies with the militant group MEK could mean a worrying shift in the US position on Iran.

8 November 2016

Sweden Joins International Effort to Recognize ‘World Kobane Day’

Several Swedish cities have joined the “World Kobane Day” movement in solidarity with the city that fought and defeated ISIS in 2015.

3 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 1: “Everything Screams Death”

The Bridge

"An electric current that would be enough to re-power my neighborhood...ran through my body." The first in a six-part series by Sarmad Al-Jilane about his experiences in a Syrian prison.

2 November 2016

These Are the Stories of Teachers Who Resist Violence in Northern Paraguay

"The problem is cultural. The solution, cultural."

1 November 2016

A Man's Haunting Tale of Escape After the Vietnam War

Many believe that war-torn countries are inhabited by the spirits of those whose lives were lost. Among those who died were refugees who escaped the country by boat.

31 October 2016

Timbuktu, Where There's ‘Justice for Monuments, but Not for Victims of Rape’

"In Mali, rape is a taboo subject. The victims’ lips are sealed by society’s gaze."

‘Stand with Standing Rock': Demonstrators in the US Rail Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

"Sometimes, you wake in 2016, but it feels like 1875 because Natives are still fighting for our land." --Sherman Alexie

30 October 2016

A Syrian Refugee in the US Wants Americans to Understand Their Country's Vetting Process

The city of Boise, Idaho, is taking in a lot of Syrian refugees: 122 so far this year. Asmaa Albukaie, who arrived in November 2014, was the first.

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